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Porcupine Tree


Heavy Prog

4.26 | 2651 ratings

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5 stars Let me begin by saying that although I love prog, I do not play and am not particularly knowledgeable regarding the techinical aspects of the music. Obvioulsy, many of you are. Nevertheless, I know what I like.

For many years I have listened to Genesis, Pink Floyd, Rush, Nektar, Yes, etc. I have not really attempted to listen to newer prog. However, this will change based on this album. It is absolutely one of the best I have ever heard.

The music takes a few listens to get hooked. At first, it isounds rather complex , with little distinction between songs. After a few listens, however, the details begin to come forward and the genius of this album shows. Although harder rocking than Genesis, less atmospheric than Pink Ployd, and more complex than Rush, this album has a sound similar to a little of each of these bands, with a little Evanesence thrown in. The vocals are very good, as is the guitar playing. The only somewhat negative aspect is the murkiness of the lyrics. Maybe it's just me, but I do not understand the message in some of the songs. I can guess, but it's not particularly clear.

To get a sense of whether you might like this album, you should know that I absolutely love Genesis SEBTP, TotT, and W&W. I also really love Pink Floyd WYWH and Animals, and Rush 2112 and Hemispheres. I also really like Evanesence Fallen. After listening to this album, I would put Porcupine Tree up there with these bands and this album at the top of my list. Outstanding.

rnelson | 5/5 |


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